Lowepro Nova 180 AW Camera Bag

Lowepro has been making camera bags for over 40 years and are therefore a well-recognized and trusted name in the photography industry and the professional, top-loader, Nova series bags are one of their most popular lines. The Lowepro Nova 180 AW (provided by Daymen) is a medium-sized bag that will easily fit a professional dSLR with a lens attached plus several additional lenses, a flash, and a number of other accessories. The main storage area is a single compartment (with adjustable padded dividers) which makes it easier to grab several items without having to open multiple compartments.

As with many of their bags, the Lowepro Nova 180 AW features a patented 360® All Weather Cover™ (that’s what the AW stands for in the bag name, I assume). If it’s raining, I’d be hesitant to simply cover my camera bag - I’d be more likely to get it out of the rain ASAP. That being said, if you don’t have that option, having a cover to protect your bag and the gear inside is always a plus. The bag is contructed with a nylon and polyester outer fabric that protects against moisture, bumps and scratches. I’ve owned Lowepro bags for years, and have yet to tear or rip the outer shell of a bag (and I can be pretty rough on my bags).

The interior includes several zippered, mesh, and slash pockets for batteries, cables, accessories, etc, while the outer shell has a couple of zippered pockets and mesh pockets to hold even more digital accessories. It comes with a padded grab handle and their standard removable shoulder strap with a non-slip pad. There’s also a rolling luggage sleeve on the back of the bag for those that travel with a rolling suitcase.

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  • Single Compartment Design enables easy and secure access to camera and accessories
  • Patented 360® All Weather Cover™ offers maximum protection against rain, dust and sand
  • Rugged Nylon and Polyester Outer Fabric guards against moisture, bumps and scratches
  • Adjustable Padded Dividers with Stitched Hinges safely accommodates various lenses and flash
  • Built-In Dual Memory Card Pockets
  • Internal Zippered, Mesh and Slash Pockets for organizing batteries and accessories
  • Outer Front Zippered Pocket and Mesh Pockets provide easy access to cables, adapters and other digital accessories
  • Padded Grab Handle and Removable Shoulder Strap with Non-Slip Pad for a range of comfortable carrying options
  • A rolling luggage sleeve


1 professional dSLR with lens attached (24-105mm f/4L) plus 3-4 additional lenses (up to 105mm f/2.8; 18-200mm f/3.5; 70-300mm f/4.5); 2 memory cards and a flash unit.


  • Internal Size: 9.4 × 5.9 × 7.9 in. (24 × 15 × 20 cm)
  • External Size: 11 × 8.9 × 9.4 in. (28 × 22.5 × 24 cm)
  • Weight: 1.6lbs / 0.73kg


  • Outer fabric: 840D Nylon and 600D Polyester
  • Interior Fabric: 200D Polyester
  • Exterior Colors: Black, Bordeaux Red, Chestnut Brown, Ultramarine Blue

Lowepro Nova 180 AW camera bag - open

If you only own 1 dSLR, several (not huge) lenses, a flash, and maybe a couple other accessories, this is a decent camera bag. Obviously it’s not a backpack or a messenger bag, but carrying it with the shoulder strap is comfortable and not awkward at all like other medium-sized and bigger bags. It’s well laid out and contains enough pockets for accessories. It’s sturdy and functional, and really, isn’t that what you really look for in a camera bag? Pick one up today from Amazon.com.